What is Bonnaroo?

Bonnaroo 2011 - Day 1 - Sleigh Bells

What is Bonnaroo?

Some may not know, although thousands (millions?) around the world do know. Bonnaroo is a four-day music and arts festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee near Nashville. This year, the festival is going on right now until June 17, and it’s sold out.

When you checkout the lineup, it’s easy to see why people zoom to Bonnaroo every year. This year, the festival is partnering with Soundslides to show people what the festival is like off-stage in the super-fun, super-lovely, laid-back environs of the farm.

We’ll post the audio slideshows as soon has we have them from our photographer/writer duo Tim Broekema and Jon Waterhouse.

Meanwhile, here are some delicious facts about the Tennessee festival that people love to love.

Bonnaroo in brief:

  • There are 150 performers on 10+ stages.
  • There’s a Ferris wheel, silent disco, food and drink, a comedy tent, a cinema tent, and crafts for sale.
  • Bonnaroo started 12 years ago to celebrate jam bands. It has expanded from that, but still pays homage to its roots.
  • A “Bonnaroovian” is a person under the influence of the full Bonnaroo whammy, and has a great passion for finding and celebrating good stuff.
  • The “Centeroo” is the festival nucleus, full of music, food and craft vendors.
  • The name Bonnaroo refers to a 1974 album “Desitively Bonnaroo” by New Orleans R&B singer Dr. John. A Ninth Ward slang construction taken from the French “bon” meaning “good,” and “rue” from the French “street,” the word loosely means “a really good time.”
  • Tickets $224-$269 and up (for VIPs) are sold out — 80,000 of them!

Stay tuned for more fun stories from Bonnaroo!


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